April 22 (entire conference is April 22-24), 2016
The Ethics of Working with People with Cancer
at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN.
presented at the Society for Oncology Massage Healing Summit
You must register for this conference directly with the Society.
August 7-10, 2016 World Massage Festival in Atlantic City, NJ
August 8 (Monday) 8:00-11:00 AM
Using Research to Market Your Massage Therapy Practice with Laura Allen
(For those who are seeking or maintaining Board Certification from the NCBTMB, this class meets the 3 Hour Research Requirement.)
August 8 (Monday) 4:00-8:00 PM
So, You Want to be a Massage Teacher? with Laura Allen
- August 10 (Wednesday) 8:00-11:00 AM AND 2:00-5:00 PM
One Year to a Successful Massage Therapy Practice with Laura Allen
You MUST take this class all day (6 hours) to get CE credit.
You must register directly with the World Massage Festival to attend these classes. September 23-25, 2016 Laura is hosting Christine Courtney in Rutherfordton NC for a 3-day class in Oncology Massage
Course dates: (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 23rd, 24th, 25th September 2016
Course times: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Course fee: $375.00
21 CE hours + 3 hours ethics free of charge Taught by Laura Allen. If you already have your Ethics credit you are not obligated to attend this portion of the class, which will be Sept 25 from 2:30-5:30, but it is included in the cost. As this class occurs after August 1, you may hold over the credit from this class until the next license renewal period.
You will learn
- What is cancer.
- Current treatments for cancer and their effects on the body
- Stages of cancer
- Massage adaptations
Correct Positioning – Correct positioning and bolstering is vital to help client release tension from held muscles which brings relaxation into the body. Also medical devices need to be accommodated.
Pressure – Knowing what pressure to use is vital to safe massage.
Duration – All bodywork following treatment needs to be undemanding on the body. Learning how to give an effective massage in shorter times is important. As the clients’ energy returns duration can be lengthened.
Lymphatic drainage massage and lymphedema: A thorough knowledge of how the lymphatic system works and how to adapt massage when working with clients who have lymph nodes removed, examined or radiated. Knowing how chemotherapy affects the lymph vessels is vital to giving a safe and effective massage.
Skin integrity: There can be lifelong changes to the skin following some cancer treatments and the massage therapist needs to know how to adapt.
Types of massage and touch therapy: You will learn how to work with clients in various settings such as hospital, day care, home and in your clinic.
Contraindications: There are some (but few) conditions that contraindicate massage and you learn clear and definite direction regarding when it is contraindicated to massage.
Cautions and adaptations: There are lots of situations where you need to be cautious and this course will give you the knowledge and confidence to know the difference between caution, adaptation and contraindication.
Intake forms: We will discuss what questions you need to ask any client who is currently receiving treatment to ensure the best possible outcome from the massage.
You will also receive suggested questions to ask on your standard intake form for clients who are cancer free for a number of years but may still need some adaptation to ensure you always have as much information as you need to give the best treatment.
Follow-up: Therapists will learn the importance of following up on how the client felt following the massage. This helps you adapt the next massage to increase the benefits and eliminate any side effects.
Emotional aspects of touch: Students often receive new understanding of what family and friends experienced while being treated for cancer. They also realize (or re-remember) just how powerful touch can be and this can have a profound effect on them during the course and afterwards.
Practical sessions – Variations of and adaptations to many massage techniques
- Holistic massage
- Effleurage massage
- Lymphatic drainage massage
- Indian Head Massage
- Foot-Reflex Massage
- Acupressure massage arm and hand massage
Looking after yourself: It is important that the therapist knows how to take care of themselves when working with clients who may have a difficult history of illness. We will focus on methods to help you stay centred during your work, let go when finished and how to do productive reflective practice.
Back up from OBUS School of Healing Therapies: Following the course you will be invited to join a closed group on Facebook. This is to give you a forum to discuss cases (without names), ask questions and build confidence. It will only be open to people who have attended training in OBUS which gives you the freedom to ask whatever you like.
October 1-3, 2016 Laura is hosting Christine Courtney in Rutherfordton NC for a 3-day class in Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Course dates: (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) 1st, 2nd, 3rd, October 2016
Course times: 9.30am to 5.30
Course fees: $375.00
21 CE hours + 3 hours ethics training free of charge.
- 21 CE hours + 3 hours ethics free of charge Taught by Laura Allen. If you already have your Ethics credit you are not obligated to attend this portion of the class, which will be Oct 3 from 2:30-5:30, but it is included in the cost. As this class occurs after August 1, you may hold over the credit from this class until the next license renewal period.
The anatomy of the lymphatic system
Location of nodes
Indications for lymphatic drainage massage
How to perform lymphatic drainage on yourself
Upon completion of the course:
The student will know how to perform a treatment which is specific to an area of the body:
- The face
- The upper body
- The abdomen
- Lower body
The student will also know how use lymphatic drainage for:
- Post trauma or injury – recent and old
- Pre and Post surgery
- To aid recovery from colds and flu
- To use lymphatic drainage to ease painful arthritic joints
- Click here to book LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE ONLY